Comparing Man Utd's statements on Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal leaving the club

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Jose Mourinho has officially left Manchester United.

After an incredibly troublesome third year at Old Trafford, the Portuguese has left his post as manager and the Red Devils will look to appoint a caretaker boss for the remainder of the season.

Defeat to Liverpool over the weekend seemed to be the final straw, with United delivering a negative performance that summed up their slow start to the season.

They finished their Champions League campaign with defeat to Valencia, sit comfortably outside the Premier League top four and were eliminated by Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

What's more, a negative atmosphere had started to brew around Old Trafford with a multitude of player-manager clashes including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Mourinho leaves Man Utd

It marks the latest update in the tumultuous post-Sir Alex Ferguson era for the club, with Mourinho proving the third sacking in just four years.

The last manager to be dismissed by the Red Devils was Louis van Gaal, who was sacked just a few days after lifting the FA Cup.

In moments like this, fans often like to compare how the club reacted and there is certainly a difference between the Van Gaal and Mourinho statements.


United's Van Gaal statement

In the case of Van Gaal, the news broke earlier that day in the press and United eventually released a rather complimentary statement from vice-chairmen Ed Woodward.

It read as follows: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries).

"He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here.

“He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”

The statement involving Mourinho had no such comment from Woodward, though.

United's Mourinho statement

The club wrote the following on their website: "Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

"A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager."

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Perhaps they'll be further comment from Woodward, perhaps their won't, but it's a blunt and damning end to Mourinho's chaotic spell in charge.

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